Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Simple, Special Creative Impressions Christmas

This year I needed a SIMPLE yet special card to send to family & friends for Christmas.  Easy to achieve with Creative Impressions ribbons & brads!

I positioned the words "Merry Christmas" on a page on the word processing program on my computer.  I created two columns and the words are about 3 1/4 inches from the bottom of the page.  Print onto simple white card stock and cut in half lengthwise.  Fold and you're to complete the cards.

Cut 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch panels of decorative Christmas paper.  Cut a length of coordinating ribbon and attach to top of Christmas paper.  Affix Christmas brad and adhere panel to the card stock base.

Lots of variations on the design using different ribbons and brads.

Every morning, I complete 6 or 8 cards for mailing.  Super easy and not too time consuming, which was GREAT.  Just what I needed this busy Christmas season!

Even when you've got a lot going on, 
you can come up with simple cards to remember all the loved ones on your list!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Wonderland

Today I am featuring two cards using some beautiful Creative Impressions Metallic Embellishments along with die cuts in a whimsical way:

First up I  used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous deer from the Winter Wonderland die set.   I die cut the deer from cream card stock and colored them with soft foams and Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I watched a tutorial by Kittie Caracciolo to learn this technique. Then I created the snowy background using the "snow" die from the same Winter Wonderland die set along with some "snow" I created by cutting some extra white card stock in a curvy pattern.  I used foam tape to adhere one of the snow mounds so that I could tuck in some Creative Impressions Metallic Green Tree Brad (90641)along with two of the smaller deer.

I wanted my larger deer to look like "Rudolph", so I added a Red Metallic Round (90670)                         to his nose.  Finally, he was placed on my panel along with some Creative Impressions Snowflake rounds (brads) from the White Snowflake Combo (90650) to add interest to the sky.

After the addition of one more GreenTree Brad, I adhered the panel onto a card and used some Diamond Stickles for some sparkle.

Here is the second card:

I used the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Woodlands die and cut the two trees from dark green  card stock.  The center of both trees pops out so that when they are placed on a white background it looks like snow on the trees.  I wanted the snow effect to be much more dramatic, so, after adhering the trees to a background panel prepared with blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I added white gesso with a paintbrush.

As you can see from this close up photo, I added some Metallic Mini Rounds in red from the Metallic Mini Rounds Assortment (90193) and some Red brads from the Metallic Rounds Assortment (90670) to the trees to serve as ornaments.  I then brushed a little gesso over the tops to make it look more natural.

Lastly, I stamped "Joy to All", an old Hero Arts stamp, at the top of the card panel and adhered the panel to a red card stock panel and then to a white card.

Hope your holidays are wonderful!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fun Christmas Card Embellishments!

Is everyone ready for the holidays?  I always think I have lots of time to get things done and then I find that the time has passed too quickly and I'm not prepared!  I still need to work on Christmas cards.  I know those of you who have waited will want to see something quick and easy, so here is one of a series of cards I have created using Creative Impressions embellishments:

Using red card stock, I die cut "Merry Christmas" from the Merry Christmas die by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  The Pine Bough is from Impression Obsesson.  I die cut it three times from scrap green card stock.

After adhering the words to a white card, I edged the piece with Barn Door Distress Ink and adhered it to a Bo Bunny patterned piece from my museum of paper.  (I call it that since I have so much! Time to use it!).  Then I adhered the die cut pine boughs.

You will notice that I have added some beautiful Creative Impressions Metallic Christmas Light Bulb Paper Fasteners (90655) to my card design.  I adhered some Evergreen/White Bakers Twine (80718)  to the pine boughs to act as a"light strand".  Then I poked some holes in different areas and added the beautiful brads.  I really felt the addition of these brads made the entire piece "pop"!  Love them!  Here are some close-ups:

Can you see the metallic shine on these close-up photos?

Hope this card design gave you some ideas for some since last-minute Christmas cards!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Creative Impressions - Funky Art

Funky flowers continue for fall!!

Jumbo rick rack makes a little green leaf for the Ruler flower.

This Funky Art tag uses Creative Impressions twills to create funky fall flowers in pretty fall colors.  "funky art" is embossed with Wendy Vecchi's black embossing paste and scrolling and tic marks around the border are hand drawn with a black sharpie.

Natural Twill Base, Web Ribbon Circle and Ruler center for this whimsical fantasy flower!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Last Minute Halloween Treat Bag Ideas

Halloween is almost here!  I have some darling treat bags I would like to share with you for those special little trick-or-treaters!  Easy and fun to make using Creative Impressions embellishments:

Here are all three bags.  I used bags purchased from my local supermarket.  After filling them with some candy corn and miniature candy bars, I used two different Creative Impressions Halloween printed Twills to tie bows on the bags for closure.  For some added fun, I threaded some orange and white Baker's Twine through the loops on some Halloween Felt Shapes and then around the Halloween Twill closure to secure it.  Here are some close-ups of three different treat bags:

Hope you enjoyed this idea!  Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"Woven" Autumn Leaf card

Hello Everyone!  We are so pleased to feature a fabulous card by our guest designer, Jan Francis!  Jan is a super talented artist who will be sharing her talent with us from time to time.  I think you will really like this creative card:

Jan wove different textured Creative Impressions ribbons and twills together,  including our Gingham and Organdy Swirl Ribbon along with several colors of Twill.  Placing this behind the negative of a die cut autumn leaf was so clever!

I loved the way Jan carried the Gingham Ribbon through the card by wrapping some small pieces around another piece of kraft cardstock which fit perfectly along the width of the card.  What a great way to use up small pieces of ribbon!  A lovely sentiment finishes the card off nicely!

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful card, Jan!  We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work in the future!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Birthdays - Crazy!!

Love my fall and winter birthday cards!  So fun to customize these birthday greeting for the season.  I've got a TON of October & November birthdays to remember.

Creative Impressions fall leaf brads are great to bring in that feeling of leaves randomly floating to the ground.  I even dressed up the hat with a leaf instead of a flower. 

What a simple, quick way to add a special dimension to your fall greeting cards, for whatever occassion!